Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Senate Leader Vows To Hear GLBT Civil Rights Legislation Next Year
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) confirmed yesterday the Senate will provide a hearing on proposed legislation adding protections to the state's civil rights law based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. He added the legislation would include "strong language" supporting religious freedom. “We’re trying to do our best to get a balanced piece of legislation,” Long said. “It will be comprehensive.” Long made the announcement during a speech before the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, which has made the issue a top priority during the upcoming legislation. House Speaker Brian Bosma says the debate will be one of the toughest issues of the session, if not his career, but he assured folks he will not be "blackmailed into a policy-making decision." How could Bosma be blackmailed? If Indiana adds the changes to its state's civil rights law, it will include protections that not event the federal Civil Rights Act currently covers.